Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam now has a machine for creating and printing banners for arriving passengers. The company says it’s already received great interest to place the machines in other locations, so expect to see them — and more loving signs — elsewhere. [New York Times.]

In Nebraska stands a stunning Prairie-style chapel, the work of four anonymous Catholics. [Fast Company Design]

For travellers who like to be connected, PC World ranked the best airports and airlines for tech travellers, detailing the functionality and features of each. [PC World]

Clear skies
Looks like smooth sailing

As part of Sony’s marketing for the Smurfs 3D movie, the company had the Spanish Andalucian town of Juzcar painted blue. Since enjoying an influx of some 80,000 tourists, residents want it to stay that colour. [Daily Mail]

It was the safest year for air travel since 1945, with flight-related accident and deaths decreasing worldwide. The only exception to this trend was Russia. [CNN Go]

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced the creation of his new space flight-focused company Stratolaunch Systems. Allen is collaborating with others on the venture and says it will require building the largest aircraft ever. [MSNBC]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Beginning today, American Airlines pilots are permitted to use iPads in-flight. The motivation is not to get back at Alec Baldwin, but to make cockpits paperless. [ZDNet]

Virgin Atlantic has put forth an offer to purchase bmi, which Lufthansa currently owns. Already in contention is IAG, which owns British Airways and Iberia. [The Economist]

Overseas job offers can relocate entire families, often placing them in new cultures and different lifestyles. BBC News looked into the effects of such moves on spouses and families. [BBC News]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

Everyone’s used to switching off their electronics in-flight, but new allowances like the aforementioned iPads in the cockpit have people questioning whether it really is dangerous to have passengers using their tech toys in the air. [Time]


Dutch airline KLM is encouraging passengers to share their social media profile so people can pick who they sit next to on the flight. This should make flying solo much more interesting. [BBC News]

It’s a no-go

Kayak.com is removing its advertisements from TLC’s new show All American Muslim A spokesperson said the decision came after realising TLC was not “up front about the nature” of the programme, rather than because of pressure from Conservative groups opposed to the show. [ABC]